Last year, IPL hosted its 2020 session in the United Arab Emirates because of the prevailing coronavirus situation in India. The BCCI was preparing a list of other venues for hosting the session outside India considering the situation in India. However, with the considerable fall in the number of covid cases in India, the BCCI has reconsidered its decision.
However, this doesn’t mean IPL would be celebrated in all its glory like it’s done usually. In the first place, BCCI has imposed several restrictions and implemented strict safety rules considering the health of the stakeholders, players, and other people involved. This implies that the annual IPL session wouldn’t be the same in 2021 as it has been so long. The Gamezy fantasy cricket app provides you with an amazing opportunity to participate in this year’s IPL match virtually. It has also updated the BCCI’s latest announcement, which is as follows:
- Selection of 6 venues
BCCI has clearly announced that in 2021, the IPL matches would be held in only 6 venues in India and that there wouldn’t be any home games for any of eight teams.
In India, this would be the first time when the number of venues has been restricted. The 2021 IPL matches would be observed in Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, and Kolkata. This means that Rajasthan, Punjab, and Hyderabad have been excluded from hosting the upcoming IPL matches.
The tournament will begin with a kick-starting match between royal challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians on 9th April 2021 and will end with the finals on 30 May. The final match is scheduled to be played at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The number of matches to be played at every venue has also been determined. According to BCCI’s latest announcement, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Mumbai would host 10 matches each while Delhi and Ahmedabad would host eight matches each.
- No Home Games
No team will enjoy the right to play matches at home and thus this time the home advantage usually available to teams have been eliminated. Every team will play in 4 venues out of 6. This has been done to ensure that every team gets to travel thrive during the league stage. It has been done to reduce their exposure to commutation, and minimise the possibilities of health risks.
This year, all matches would be played at neutral venues. Six teams would play three-afternoon matches while two would play two evening matches.
- ‘Health and Safety’
Considering the pandemic crisis that India is at present experiencing, the BCCI has called for stern safety measures to be followed. After hosting the previous year’s IPL match in UAE, BCCI is confident about hosting it in India this year. One of the prime reasons for limiting the number of venues to 6 is to ensure that players don’t have to travel too much, allowing them to rest in between matches and limiting the risk of contracting the virus.
Although a limited number of spectators were allowed during the last three tests of the series against England, the BCCI has decided against it during the IPL, for the initial part at least. However, BCCI has announced that it might open the gates for IPL fans at a later stage. If you are willing to be a part of this interesting cricket match, register on any of the daily fantasy cricket apps and get live updates about every player’s performance.
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